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July 29, 2020

Maunakea Observatories’ Quick Reflexes Capture Fleeting Flash

Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant confirmed short gamma-ray burst (SGRB) ever studied using two Maunakea Observatories in Hawaiʻi – W. M. Keck Observatory and the […]
June 25, 2020

Pōniuāʻena – A Quasar with a Monster Black Hole in the Early Universe

Using the UKIRT, Gemini North and Keck telescopes on Maunakea, and combining with observations from observatories in Chile (including Gemini South and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory), […]
May 19, 2020

Gemini Gets Lucky and Takes a Deep Dive Into Jupiter’s Clouds

Researchers using the Gemini North Telescope, in combination with the Hubble Space Telescope and observations from the Juno probe at Jupiter itself, have collected some of […]
May 12, 2020

Maunakea Observatories Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Maunakea Observatories prepares for phased reopening    The Maunakea Observatories are resuming operations, after nearly two months of suspended nightly science observations. This action follows Governor Ige’s 7th Supplementary Emergency […]
May 1, 2020

Super-Jupiter Discovered in Kepler-88 System

A team of astronomers using the Keck Observatory on Maunakea have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter in a distant planetary system. This […]
February 13, 2020

Astronomers Study the Formation of “Failed Stars”

A team of astronomers has used the Keck and Subaru telescopes on Maunakea to gain new insight into the processes of star and planet formation. They […]
February 3, 2020

Astronomers Discover Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Central Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered a new class of objects at the center of our Galaxy using the Keck Observatory on Maunakea. By combining 13 years of data […]
January 16, 2020

Astronomers Discover Distant Galaxies Driving an Ancient Cosmic Makeover of the Early Universe

An international team of astronomers has used the Keck Observatory on Maunakea to identify the most distant group of galaxies identified in the Universe to date. […]
January 15, 2020

First Ground-Based Detection of Complex Organic Molecules in a Comet

A team of astronomers have used the Subaru telescope on Maunakea to detect the presence of complex organic molecules from a comet (Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner) in our […]